The report has identified four consumption categories that form a major part of total consumption expenditure and for which the environmental effects are either large or increasing rapidly. These are consumption of food and drink; housing; personal travel and mobility; and tourism.
The negative environmental effects of consumption do not only occur in Europe, but also in other regions of the world, mainly as a result of resource extraction, production, processing and transportation of the goods consumed in Europe, and as a result of personal travel and tourist activities.
Attaining more sustainable consumption and production patterns is a common challenge that involves all actors, including public authorities at all levels, business and consumers.
Posted on 12th January 2006
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